adjective, dit·zi·er, dit·zi·est.


or dit·zy


adjective, dit·si·er, dit·si·est. Slang.

flighty and easily confused; mildly or harmlessly eccentric.

Origin of ditsy

1975–80; expressive coinage, perhaps with elements of dotty1 and dizzy; cf. -sy
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Examples from the Web for ditzy

Contemporary Examples of ditzy

  • Both heroines are women, but they offer a pretty bizarre dichotomy for girls: Ice queen or ditzy princess.

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    Sexism Begins in the Toy Aisle

    Nancy Kaffer

    November 29, 2014

  • The scene cuts, and Driver breaks out of ditzy actress mode.

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    Lisa Kudrow Goes Viral

    Nicole LaPorte

    August 30, 2011

  • Abdul was beloved for her ditzy demeanor and blatant sentimentalism on American Idol.

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    When Celebs Get Wasted

    Gina Piccalo

    December 4, 2010

  • It would be nice to think that meeting this ditzy predator is a fitting comeuppance for Edwards.

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    Andrew Young's Revenge

    Tina Brown

    January 31, 2010

British Dictionary definitions for ditzy



adjective -zier, -ziest, -sier or -siest

slang silly and scatterbrained

Word Origin for ditzy

C20: perhaps from dotty + dizzy
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Word Origin and History for ditzy

also ditsy, "stupid, scatterbrained" (especially of women), by 1973, U.S. slang, of unknown origin; one guess is that it is related to earlier U.S. black slang dicty (1926) "conceited, snobbish," also of unknown origin, but the sense is very difficult. The noun ditz (1982) appears to be a back-formation.

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